Ashtabula Local Food Council focuses on three distinct areas of local food work: Community, Growers, and Policy. In 2015, we worked primarily to “get off the ground”. We established an online Local Food Guide for Ashtabula County, hosted a Growers Summit, began a Food Hub Feasibility study, started Geneva Farmers Market, held a Local Food fundraising event, hosted a summer film series, and held a canning workshop for Ashtabula County Community Action Agency’s My Neighborhood.
In 2016, we emphasized community education efforts, took further steps to increase food access in Ashtabula County, cooperatively marketed area farmers markets, and hosted a series of farm tours.
In 2017, we will broaden our Ashtabula Cooks! programming and summer farm tours. We will also begin work on a Food Hub designed to serve the unique needs of Ashtabula County, continue our work at expanding local food access, and coordinate events to celebrate our local foodshed.
Every food system has a series of vital parts, but we consider it our highest priority to focus on the growers that produce our food and the communities they serve. Ashtabula County has a proud heritage of food, and we hope to celebrate and expand that great tradition.